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Donald Trump 'Prepared for a Very Long Shutdown'

22 December 2018

And the White House is encouraging the Senate's Republican leader to change the chamber's rules in order to pass a government spending bill that includes billions for Trump's long-sought wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The President summoned Senate Republicans, including McConnell, to the White House to discuss funding and the border wall Friday morning.

On Wednesday, there appeared to be bipartisan agreement to pass temporary spending bills keeping the government running at its current funding level through 8 February, which did not include the $5bn in federal funding Trump had demanded to build his long-promised border wall with Mexico. The Senate has begun a procedural vote to take up a House-passed bill that would pay for President... She is poised to become House speaker on January 3 and had warned Trump in a televised Oval Office meeting last week that he wouldn't have the votes for the wall.

The North Carolina Republican said one member who hadn't spoken in the conference in eight years stood up to speak Thursday and that Rep. Virginia Foxx's husband called her from back home to say you've got to get the wall done.

"There is a sense of optimism now", a senior House Republican source said.

Trump had backed off his shutdown threat earlier this week, but it roared back to life as he accused Democrats of "putting politics over country" by not supporting a wall, which he insists will curb illegal immigration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned senators they may need to return to Washington for a noontime vote Friday.

And he exhorted McConnell to corral enough Democratic votes to send a House-passed plan to the White House, even though the measure is nearly certain to be rejected in the Senate.

With ultra-conservative lawmakers and media personalities effectively demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, President Trump doubled down on his demand for $5 billion in wall funding.

Earlier, the president hailed the House vote as a big victory - one that GOP leaders scrambled to achieve when the president abruptly backed off tacit support for an earlier Senate-approved stopgap that did not include the wall money.

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Some Republican senators cheered on the House, but prospects in the Senate are grim amid strong opposition from Democrats. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected by any government shutdown because it's an independent agency.

I voted to fund President Trump's wall. Sources tell Fox News that negotiations are take place to secure some new money for border security. "And now, President Trump is throwing a temper tantrum and creating the Trump shutdown of the government".

The House vote would now pin the blame for a shutdown on Senate Democrats if they sink the bill, Mr. Trump said.

"We've got to stay here and get this job done and get border security passed", Walker said.

Corker clarified with reporters that the deal does not necessarily avoid a shutdown, but that people within the White House are "optimistic".

"Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything", he tweeted.

The shutdown would mean that non-essential government agencies would have a pause in service - which in this case would mean parks, museums, environmental and food departments, as well as the IRS who plan to furlough a fraction of its workers because tax season has not come yet.

Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he was not convinced after a White House meeting with GOP leaders that Trump would sign the Senate bill.

"That's a non-starter", said top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. "But in terms of wall funding, that's a non-starter".

Donald Trump 'Prepared for a Very Long Shutdown'